Portland’s musical theater company, Stumptown Stages, opens new season

Stumptown Stages is a resident of the Brunish Theatre, which is the facility of Portland’5 Center for the Arts. Every year, Stumptown Stages puts on several acclaimed musical theater performances.

Their 2015–2016 season will include: Carrie the Musical, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick, Smokey Joe’s Cafe and In the Heights.

Stumptown Stages uses the the Brunish Theatre for all of their performances. Kiley Yuthas, stage manager for Carrie the Musical, has also worked for the Portland’5 Center for the Arts and the Brunish Theatre.

Yuthas explained that the theater is a small space, forcing the performers to create different spaces for the audience’s view.

“In my experience, it makes for a more dynamic performance because they’re acting out towards every angle,” Yuthas said. “And they’re more holistic in their actions and the way they’re performing.”

The Brunish Theatre is 16 by 24 square feet and has three-sided audience seating. Performance pending, the theater seats about 146 people. It is accessible to those with mobile disabilities, and special seats are reserved for disabled guests.

“It is a professional theater,” Yuthas said. “It has most of the things you could ask for. It has three audience sides set up, and the set. And behind all of those is just like a very narrow hallway. So you’ve got actors and technicians running around you pretty much all the time.”

Stumptown opened their new season a few weeks ago with their performance of Carrie the Musical on Oct. 22.

Carrie the Musical featured music from Academy Award–winner Michael Gore and lyrics from another Academy Award winner, Dean Pitchford.

Although Carrie the Musical ended on Nov. 8, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical begins on Dec. 10. Tickets for Stumptown’s performances can be purchased through phone, online at Portland’5 Center for the Arts website or at their box office in downtown Portland.